Nov 5, 2012 2:00am PST
chat people have been calling. thank you for joining us tonight on cnn. >>> good morning. welcome, everybody. welcome to our special coverage of the 2012 election coming to you live from the nation's capitca capit capital, just 24 hours to go before voting begins after a 17-month, $3 billion race for the white house. it couldn't be any closer. the final cnn poll shows a dead heat, both candidates making closing arguments in key states that could decide the election. best political team on tv has it covered for you this morning. >> i'm john berman. the candidates cramming to day. mitt romney, president obama and their running mates making 18 stops in eight critical states. we're live in every key battleground state. >> and in the end, this is the only math that counts. i'm christine romans. looking to the race to the states. we'll take a look at the road that each candidate can take to get to that magic number. >> it's been one week since hurricane sandy forever changed the east coast and so many lives along it with. the recovery effort and how the storm is impacting polling statio
Nov 5, 2012 4:00am PST
-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters have mitt romney and president obama in a dead heat, 49% apiece. both candidates are canvassing the critical swing states on this final full day on the campaign trail. the president will hold rallies in madison, wisconsin, columbus, ohio, des moines, iowa. governor romney is in florida and lynchburg and fairfax virginia, columbus ohio and in manchester, new hampshire. and it wouldn't be a presidential election without some kind of legal fight in the state of florida. the state's democratic party is suing to extend early voting hours with people reporting lines of up to seven hours at some south florida early polling stations. cnn has this place covered like no other network. we've got dan lothian in madison, wisconsin. jim acosta is in orlando, florida, martin savidge is in cleveland, ohio. miguel marquez is in las vegas, nevada. ed lavandera is in denver, colorado, for us this morning. john zarrella comes to us live from plantation, florida. we want to begin with complete comprehensive coverage with john berman checking in to see how our correspondents
Nov 6, 2012 2:00am PST
, a democratic consult and the who worked on the kerry and gore campaigns. special election coverage here on cnn begins right now. >>> it is up to the american people right now. good morning and welcome to our special edition of "early start." we have complete 4ri6 coverage of election day 2012. over the past 17 months we've watched two campaign spend a combined $3 billion, two candidates duel it out in three dramatic debates, all trying to win your vote. now more than 1 million campaign commercials later, 1 million campaign commercials later, the polls are opening. voting is beginning in parts of vermont. mitt romney not letting up on this election day. he's added two final campaign stops in cleveland, ohio and in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. both of them, of course, critical battle ground states. (is in chicago today. aides say he is likely to continue his election day tradition of playing basketball with friends before he goes to watch the returns. cnn reporters are fanned out all across the battleground states this morning, including in new hampshire. we have reports of the very first returns.
Nov 6, 2012 4:00am PST
're watching a special edition of starting point and cnn's live coverage of election day 2012. the two candidates have been talking for about 17 months now and now it's the american people who will have the final say. these are the states with polls that are opening right now. state of delaware, state of florida, state of georgia, illinois, kansas, louisiana, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, missouri, pennsylvania, rhode island, south carolina, tennessee, and washington, d.c. you're looking at a live picture now from wilmington, delaware, where joe biden is expected to vote at any moment. the vice president then will head to chicago to watch the returns with president obama today. mitt romney is not letting up on this election day. he's added two campaign campaign stops today in cleveland, ohio, and in pittsburgh, pennsylvania. there are already legal issues that are plaguing two battleground states. state of florida, where there are more long lines yesterday, and democrats are suing to extend early voting hours, even though those early voting hours legally ended on saturday. then th
Nov 26, 2012 2:00am PST
a break the no tax pledge. that is a hopeful sign, folks, because a new cnn/orc poll shows more than two thirds of americans believe a trip over that cliff would create major problems, perhaps even a crisis. cnn political editor paul steinhauser is live from washington, d.c. this morning. nice to see you, paul. so the fiscal cliff triggers back-breaking tax hikes and massive spending cuts. you've got more numbers that show what type of budget plan americans actually prefer. >> exactly. one of the big arguments, zoraida, is should it be all spending cuts to get us there or tax increases, as well? brand-new numbers just out from cnn/orc. only about one in three say whatever deal should be struck should be just spending cuts. but almost seven in ten, two thirds of americans say the plan should include spending cuts and tax increases. our poll indicates americans are not so optimistic a deal will get done and if it doesn't get done, who gets the blame? look at this right here, about 45% say republicans in congress will be blamed if there is no deal and the country falls off the fiscal cliff.
Nov 8, 2012 2:00am PST
with us online here. you can follow us on cnn weather on twitter. we'll give you all the latest information. >>> president obama back at the white house. it wasn't the welcome that his staff had intended. they wanted to greet him on the south lawn. but the bad weather changed those plans. the first family took air force one then arrived at the white house by motorcade instead. >> the president's first order of business, avoiding the fiscal cliff. congressional leaders from both parties conceding the election with a call to compromise. what that comprise is, that hasn't been ironed out. w we'll get to what they said. >> the presidential vase over except in florida. the electoral votes are i will stun claimed. they're not make or break this time. president obama still holds a lead there. >> seven house races still up for grabs this morning across the country including the heated contest on florida's treasure coast between tea party republican allen west and democratic challenger patrick murphy. right now murphy does have a very slim lead of less than 2500 votes. but west not conce
Nov 9, 2012 2:00am PST
and started moving some of them to the hardest-hit areas of new york and new jersey. cnn administrator craig fugate says it's not clear yet what the total demand will be. >> and while the region recovers from sandy, for many people, those who lost everything in the storm, this doesn't feel like much of a recovery to them. cnn's susan candiotti is live in asbury park, new jersey this morning. we underznd stand that you have one family's story. >> that's right. you know, as you mentioned, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people in new jersey remain without power. and a lot of those people live in coastal areas, where people still are not allowed to go back home, because they have no power. but for a few hours a day, a few are able to go back and are being allowed to start the cleanup. we made an emotional return with one couple to a place called pelican island, new jersey. with sandy's storm clouds gathering, sue evacuated. but over her objections, husband bill stayed behind. it was traumatizing. >> rode out the storm until friday morning. friday morning i said i couldn't take any m
Nov 21, 2012 12:00pm EST
political conversation and cnn living in the middle so awkwardly and trying desperately to keep its base, is it doing good things for our democracy come into the? >> no. of course, not. who? speak was the whole idea of cable television. >> no. spent i feel quite often that if you eliminate, and i since fox forward to occasional commentary, and cnn it would probably improve american democracy overnight. things would simply miraculous we get better. people would talk to one another again, rather than engage in an artificial fight which is what most of the cable television does. >> you take someone like rachel maddow, for example. spent very bright spent i was about to make a point a racial matter is a very smart women. very smart. and could very easily in the old days, and should today, i would love to see rachel maddow as the anchor of one of the evening news programs on network television. but the price of that would be that she would have to keep her opinions to herself. it is her opinions that draw the viewership on msnbc. now, she's a very bright woman, as i said, but i don't want to
Nov 8, 2012 4:00am PST
with a lack at some of the other stories making news today. good morning. >> good morning, soledad. cnn is projecting that ann kirkpatrick will return to congress. she barely beat republican challenger, jonathan payton. yet several house races are still up for grabs across the country this morning. in palm springs, california, republican mary bono mack, she's not giving up. she trailed democrat raul luis with all precincts reporting, but she says a large number of ballots have yet to be reported. mack's husband, connie mack, lost his bid in florida to bill nelson. in another tight race, alan west is not conceding defeat. he's demanding a partial recount in his re-election bid against democratic challenger patrick murphy. right now murphy has a very slim lead of less than 2,100 votes, but that's slightly more than what's needed to trigger an automatic recount. >>> the man behind that anti-muslim movie that caused so much rage overseas has been sentenced to a year in federal prison. mark youssif admit head used an alias without permission. he allegedly made a different name when he made t
Nov 6, 2012 8:00pm EST
will hear from you. we want to ask who you voted for and why and your reaction to the results. cnn a few minutes ago declared a hampshire for the president and its four key electoral votes. both with an eye on the electoral votes. this is the scene from the obama campaign headquarters in chicago. we are also in boston at romney headquarters. jill is on the phone, democrats, warren, pennsylvania. what was a light when he went to the polls today? caller: we vote in a very small town. i saw one of my former students. host: as the look of the results tonight, what do you think? caller: i see president obama all the way. as a teacher, this is fantastic. unions, we very strongly support president obama. host: jasmine from st. augustine, florida, republican line. caller: i voted early. this was my first year that i could actually vote. and i voted for romney. i voted for him because he is all about helping the middle- class and having small businesses. my fiancee and his father owned a small business. the democrats talk about how that are moving forward and i have not seen any forward progressi
Nov 1, 2012 8:30am EDT
. >> it is not as exciting as cnn or fox, but you did the real story and i like it. >> darrow and merrill lynch watch c-span on comcast -- daryl and mary lynch watch c- span on comcast. offered as a public service by your cable provider. >> "washington journal" continues. host: back live in leesburg, virginia, in loudoun county about an hour west of washington, d.c., and as larry sabato mentioned, a swing county in the state. and joining us inside the courthouse to discuss the commonwealth of virginia's role in the election is state delegate barbara comstock, whose districts includes the county and serves as co-share of their romney for virginia campaign and we have brian moran, chairman of va's democratic party. delegates comstock -- delegate comstock, why is loudoun such a swing county? guest: it has a lot of commuters, professionals, and two-earner families, and people this year very concerned about the increased taxes that we would see come jaber reversed if president obama were to be reelected, as well as the peace -- deep defense cuts of us would impact our area dramatically. george mason's steph
Nov 15, 2012 3:00am PST
comedians. i love the op-eds you do for cnn.com. i wanted to talk to with you about all of the issues going on this week. i guess that everything that we're talking about all began when the c.i.a. surveillance operatives misunderstood david petraeus when he first said i want to tap that. did you ever imagine that we would see a soap soap ra like this? it is like the jersey shore for rich people. people copulating left and right and these weird tampa socialites. i don't know where to begin. what's your take on petraeus gate? >> i think you're right on the head. jersey shore is going off the air. this is the perfect replacement. great show. it's got drama. it's got women fight. that's what you need. you have to get them a room. this internet stuff is no good. let's see the fight. if you're the c.i.a. director and you can't keep an affair secret, you should be fired. >> john: thank you very much. if you're in d.c. and anyone in d.c. who can't keep an extramarital affair secret does not deserve to run a spy agency.
Nov 27, 2012 3:00am PST
's doing in office. at 52%, it's the highest approval marks the president has received from the cnn/orc survey since may. a majority of people say his experience over the first four years will make him a better president in the second term. there is measured optimism, however, about the future. 56% believe the country will be better off four years from now, compare that to four years ago when 76% felt that way. >>> moving on now, governor chris christie is getting ready for a second term. the republican governor has filed paperwork to run for reelection. christie currently enjoys a record high approval rating from -- following his hands on response to hurricane sandy. before the storm, 56% of registered voters in the garden state approved of the job he was doing after sandy, they were surveyed again giving the governor -- >> look at these numbers. >> 77%. >> willie, you're a new jersey guy. new jersey native. i'm sure you can't remember a governor having a 77% approval rating, a republican governor in a blue state having a 77%. 67% of democrats in new jersey give chris christie a po
Nov 1, 2012 8:00pm EDT
so i want to learn something, not just be entertained. >> and it's not as exciting as cnn or fox but you get the real story and i like it >> these viewers watch c-span on comcast. c-span created by america's cable companies in 1979 brought to you as a service by your television provider. >> with just five days to go until election day, ann romney called on the people of ohio to vote early for her hubt mitt. she said he will not fail women and the american people. this is a half hour. >> thank you. i am so pleased to be here today. what a lovely group of people. we are into the final days. isn't this exithe? and we're going in the right direction. it's just wonderful. we are so pleased to be here. i've had a lovely opportunity to travel with ann through the months now and through things and i just see in her so many things that will be so lovely in a first lady. we are so lucky to have her, aren't we? [applause] and the reasons that i'm here are not much different than the reasons from before. i care very deeply about my own family, obviously that's first and fore340st in my mind.
Nov 5, 2012 7:00am EST
. here is a piece coming to us from cnn. extra day of voting possible in new york. voters may get an extra day to cast ballots if disruptions' prevent and of citizens from showing up at the polls . host: this story, from abc. host: tone -- host: tony, joining us by e-mail, go ahead. caller: your subject is on the confidence of the electoral process. myself, i am very confident in the electoral process. i am a sworn commissioner and i am actually less confident in the media, who buys into the democrat's idea that there is a problem in the electoral process, rather than holding to your journalistic creed of objectivity and holding only to the facts. i have seen the facts. i have worked in the polls here for a long time. there is a lot of concern about the south and you see the media playing it that they are seeing poll watchers in the department of justice sending people to the south, but what i just heard on c-span was like an advertisement for obama. he got to say his closing statement again on time for c- span, which i have always held to be greatly objective until this morning.
Nov 7, 2012 5:00pm EST
was very struck that cnn found its groove with john kean and the message board. if you were looking for any race, anywhere, you could find the information you were looking for. i was struck by margaret hoover , a political columnist who is so beautiful youth is so smart and every time she speaks, you think is she's smart. who are some of the people starting to blow you away or the institutions you thought played a major role? >> i would say going back to my original theory -- sasha eisenberg and his book, the victory lap, he nailed it. he was saying it before anyone else, that this was going to come down to turnout and techniques and so i give him a lot credit. might beraid this controversial, but i think nate silver, since this was the year of the polls, he nailed it. on the political side, having covered ted crews, i'm really impressed, and he's going to be a player. he could be a republican supreme court nominee if not a candidate for president or vice president. >> i don't think many people have heard that much about them. >> he becomes the third former supreme court clerk to be serving
Nov 8, 2012 3:00am PST
race for the coveted advertiser demographic of 25 to 54-year-olds, cnn beat fox, maybe thanks to john king's magic wall. >> bill: no kidding. >> just in that one demographic. not inoverall viewers. in the 25 to 54. fox had all of the old people watching. >> i'm a little concerned that not as many people watch that as watch the super bowl. you would think everybody would be watching the election results. >> bill: one would think. >> plenty of celebrities have weighed in on president obama's election victory. including the big-time obama supporter beyonce. she posted a message that said take that, mitches. this is the first anti-romney message she's posted. she's always just been positive for obama. >> her husband is jay-z. >> bill: yes. >> one u.s. marine has an ambitious goal to help the wounded warrior project. sergeant enrique trevino of florida is on his way to doing one million pushups this year all for the charity. he tells abc -- >> bill: is that like nonstop? >> one million pushups for the year.
Nov 2, 2012 1:00am EDT
, not just be entertained. >> it is not as exciting as cnn or fox. you get the real story and i like it. cspan, created by american's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> now we joined president obama for his last event of the day. a rally in green bay, wisconsin. the president is back on the campaign trail after spending the first part of the week with people who suffered from hurricane city. this is 35 minutes. ♪ >> hello, boundulder. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. are you fired up? are you ready to go? you seem pretty fired up. it is good to back in colorado. everybody please get savannah a great round of applause for the introduction. but of the shout out to the folks who are fighting for you every day in washington, senator michael bennett, senator mark udall. it is good to be here. thank you. now, i love you back. i do. you know, those of you who have seats, feel free to sit down. i do know what you tired. you know, for the past few days, all this have been focused on one of the worst storms of our lifetime. we are humb
Nov 13, 2012 1:00am EST
remember, in a lot of our jobs, we have cnn or span = = or cspan but i did not have it on. by first reaction was i just ran my pantyhose and i have to brief a general. this is not a good sign. my second reaction was there is a lot of smoke coming out of that building. one of the privileges i had is parking. very few get parking at the pentagon. the reality is i ran to my car, got people out of that building up from the point on, our world and the united states and around the world has changed. cyber has taken a huge role and place in the world since. we entered into a global war on terror, started in afghanistan, went to iraq, back to afghanistan. there will still be peacekeeping troops and they are huge challenges about stability of government and stability's and our roles as that of those countries. we will continue to adjust would need to be done but none of that is done without our dependence and involvement in the cyberworld. technology drives everything we do the world wide web has made us more interconnected than at any time in our human history. the vast majority of our empe
Nov 1, 2012 1:00pm EDT
. it is not as exciting as cnn or fox. you get the real stories. i love it. >> darryl and mary l ynch watch c-span on comcast. >> the battle ground states in campaign 2012. a look at the politics in wisconsin. >> we focus on the state of wisconsin. we have the national political reporter for the journal sentinel. a couple of facts we have gathered when it comes to this state. we are looking at cannes electoral votes. we are looking at an unemployment rate of 7.3%. in composite, the president won reelection. can we start with the economics of wisconsin, particularly with that unemployment rates? can you elaborate on the unemployment rate and what it means for the state economically and politically? >> the unemployment rate is below the national rate. if you look at the trends in terms of job growth, our job growth has been slower than the national average, certainly slower than ohio, which is a battleground state that has had a positive economic trends, better than nevada at the other end of the spectrum. we are in the gray area for president obama. we had a huge, fierce debate over the recall
Nov 2, 2012 10:00am EDT
. i just happened to catch the comments he made on cnn last night. he was very grateful to the tennis feeding vehicles he had seen just after his press conference. -- the 10 vehicles. we appreciate any out reached to let people know what we are working on in staten island. we are in tottenville, hugenot, and we are all over there. we're continuing to build on that. again, a quick summary. in new york, a massive feeding effort under way on long island with fixed feeding sites in nassau and sussex with more coming. s.i., queens, brooklyn, the bronx, manhattan, and the two on long island. 40 shelters, but i think you are most concerned with beating capacity. we have already shipped 307,000 meals into new york. for new jersey, we also have 30 shelters open in the garden state and we have four mobile kitchens that are capable of 80,000 meals per day with another 350,000 ready-to-eat meals already there. both cases include kosher meals. there are disturbing food as well. we are stealing of the full resources of our feeding capabilities in all of the impacted states. >> it looks like we have
Nov 15, 2012 1:00am EST
to study in the congress. >> deirdre walton, cnn, since the elections john boehner has been talking about what to negotiate a deal on the fiscal cliff and says he is open to new revenue and willingness to compromise. i was wondering what you think of his position on this, and if you are right to support him this afternoon? >> i do not know if you are here earlier when i spoke about the 10-1 deal. i want to see where they are willing to cut. olive heard is that the democrats are saying they are not willing to cut anything in. the president had a meeting last night with the labor unions, all of these separate liberal groups. and everyone of those groups to the president that he should not deliver anything on a reforms of our entitlement system, but you should insure the delivers a tax increase. i do not think they are open- minded in any way. i think we need to stop negotiating with ourselves. and we need to wait for the democrats to actually give us an offer that is a real serious offer. we need to stop speaking amongst ourselves. he won the presidency, let him lead. >> i believe that reve
Nov 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
news or cnn or what have you. if you had calculated the expense that would be required to pay for the campaign in the media, millions of dollars. it is exciting that can happen at any time and from any individual. >> what has been the most successful campaign so far? >> the campaign that inspired us to give it from the very broad objective was the incredible campaign about a year and a half ago in south africa. a huge global explosion of campaigns for change. a woman walking down the street, and she gets grabbed and thrown into a shack and raped and almost killed. they said she was a lesbian woman and the man was trying to turn her straight. awful thing, collectively. a good friend sees this and starts a petition and ask the minister of justice to take issue seriously. 180,000 people take action. a huge overall media exposure. after about a month of campaigning, that government apologizes and parliament passes a bill to have a task force to investigate the issue. it is an amazing demonstration of people power. >> what has had the biggest impact in the u.s.? >> one of the most